Nurturing university students to be social entrepreneurs: Relevance of service leadership education

Daniel T.L. SHEK*, Li LIN

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When the concept of social entrepreneurship becomes more popular, many universities explicitly claim that they wish to nurture social entrepreneurs. In this paper, the concept of social entrepreneurship and the successful attributes of social entrepreneurs are outlined. With reference to the question of how university students can be nurtured to be social entrepreneurs, it is suggested that the service leadership model proposed by the Hong Kong Institute of Service Leadership and Management is a good framework to be considered. In the framework, it is asserted that there are three attributes of a successful service leader - leadership competence, moral character, and caring dispositions. In this study, the experience of implementing a credit-bearing subject based on the service leadership model at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University is highlighted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)285-293
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal on Disability and Human Development
Issue number3
Early online date12 Aug 2015
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes

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  • effective leadership
  • higher education
  • service leadership
  • social entrepreneurship


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  • University students as social entrepreneurs

    SHEK, D. T. L. & LIN, L., Jun 2016, Education in Hong Kong: Service Leadership for University Students. SHEK, D. T. L., MA, C. M. S., LIN, L. & MERRICK, J. (eds.). Nova Science Publishers, Inc., p. 121-133 13 p. (Public Health: Practices, Methods and Policies).

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